Much thanks to Jon McCaslin for this.
I finally got to see Mr. Bennink play live in a small room in Guelph playing SNARE DRUM ONLY!
I was blown away by his commitment and creativity. Here are some exercises to tap into that creativity yourself.
Han Bennink :
"Play as fast as you can for 5 minutes without repeating yourself."
"Same thing goes for slow, loud, soft and any combination of them."
"Play one piece of your drumkit for 5 minutes and try to keep it interesting, do this untill you have played all pieces."
"Repeat the same beat for 5 minutes and try to keep it interesting."
"Play a crescendo lasting 5 minutes ending as loud as possible."
"Play solid time for 5 minutes, check with metrone before and after, repeat untill your time is really solid."
"Play completely free for 5 minutes, no time is allowed."
"When you think you have become good at these exercises extend them by 5 minutes each. etc. These exercises should last you a lifetime."